Smash Mouth's "All Star" Found New Life in Memes




* "All Star" was released 20 years ago today(!)

* after submitting their album Astro Lounge, the label felt it didn't have a hit single and asked them to write something. Writer Greg Camp took inspiration from his Converse All Stars and wanted to write a song for kids who needed a "pep talk".

* song was a hit. Smash Mouth opened for the MTV Video Music Awards and also had guest spots on the soundtracks for Mystery Men, Rat Race, and Shrek.

* their follow up album flopped, and they were dropped from their label.

* re-purposed as a meme as early as 2009 which then evolved into videos like this:



* previously songs reached "icon status" only by "industry gatekeepers" but social media allows "the listening habits of millions to be documented instead of the ideas of a powerful few".

ONTD, do you have a favorite musical meme? I'm partial to the Mr. Brightside ones myself.

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